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Hannah Richardson, BBC Education reporter

Analysis by Hannah Richardson, BBC Education reporter

Anyone who thinks the emergency schools that are due to open on Monday will run like regular ones is wrong.
They will instead comprise a patchwork of available teachers, support staff and pupils whose parents find themselves lucky enough to be on the key workers' list.
They will not be following a specific curriculum, there will be no working towards exams and pupils are unlikely to be taught in their own year groups.
How many pupils each school can accommodate will be a daily Education News moving picture as staff fall ill.
And headteachers will have to make some tough decisions about who can come into class - and sometimes their decisions will not be popular
One spoke of arguing with a father who asked for a place because he worked in McDonald's; others in more obviously frontline jobs have also been disappointed.
On the upside, the lucky ones may have a chance to learn in new and different ways, while their former classmates grapple with online learning from home.



Nurseries, colleges and childminders are also closing their doors, though some are being asked to re-open to accommodate key workers' children.
Vulnerable children, including those who have a social worker and those with special educational needs, will also be allowed to go to school.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "This is a very long list and could result in some schools having the majority of pupils attending."
She also called for education workers to be tested for Covid-19 to ensure safe working in schools.
She added: "There simply won't be enough education staff available for work on school sites if all members with symptoms are forced to self-isolate."
The government stressed that "every child who can be safely cared for Press Release Distribution Services For Education at home should be" and asked workers to consult their employers to confirm whether "their specific role is necessary".
The Department for Education said it would help local authorities identify those "who most need support at this time".
The government has encouraged local authorities to keep residential special schools and specialist colleges open wherever possible.
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